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Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy

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The best of science fiction, manga, and animaguiri meets knit one, purl two as knit siren and part-time roller derby girl Joan of Dark offers up an out-of-this-world assortment of knitting nerdiness inside Knits for Nerds. The patterns for 30 iconic clothing and accessory items inspired by popular TV shows, books, films, comics, and more--including Star Trek, Lord of the R ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published November 22nd 2011)
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I acquired a review copy of this book through This book is due out in a month, & since I consider myself pretty nerdy, it was a definite request! The author of the book also writes a blog which I invite you to check out! A recent nerdy knitty photo she just posted a couple of weeks ago

You definitely have to be a geek to appreciate this book. Patterns include:
* Lieutenant Uhura’s sexy Star Trek minidress
* Hobbit feet slippers
* Firefly-inspired scarf, socks, hat, and jacket
* Ta
Shala Kerrigan
Feb 26, 2012 Shala Kerrigan rated it it was amazing
This collection of fandom inspired knits is just fantastic. Toni Carr got contributions from other designers and put lots of her own patterns in the book. There is a good range of skill levels as well, so beginners will have patterns they can use, and more advanced knitters will also find some lovely lace items. The patterns are written out clearly with fun photos of finished items.

As a long time geek, I was thrilled with the books and movies covered.

The Lord of the Rings inspired Toni Carr's pa
Not sure how relevant the models are, but the models provided a definitely fun to check out and a must for every sci-fi nut such as myself, and I would go as far as to say some of the models have real life application and not just "Halloween" potential. :)
Marie Segares
(Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing.)

Knits for Nerds has a simple concept: if you like to knit and you like to geek out, you will want to make projects inspired by popular sci fi, fantasy, and comic book characters and themes.

The book opens with a brief intro from Toni Carr (a.k.a. Joan of Dark), sharing her own childhood introduction to all things geeky. The book is organized into four sections: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics and Manga,
Aug 04, 2014 Melankalia rated it did not like it
Shelves: craft
I cannot even tell you how very disappointed I was in this book. I will admit that I had high expectations, but to have nothing in the book tug at my geeky heartstrings at all? And beyond that, to actually be a bit embarrassed by how bad most of the patterns (and photography!) are? Yeah, "disappointed" is an understatement. Sadly, most of the projects in this book are boring at best. At worst they resemble something a kid from the 70s would wheedle his grandmother into making when she had no rea ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Katrina rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK. I want to own it. I want to make EVERYTHING in it. It covers a wide range of geekdom and is the PERFECT knitting book for a geek like me. This book also has patterns that can be worn in general company without looking like cosplay (not that I don't love a good cosplay.) For instance, the Aim to Misbehave Jacket would look great when hanging out with people who think Firefly is just a bug. And the Book Wizard bag could be appreciated by any muggle. The patterns range from super ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Gordon marked it as to-read
I gotta get this for Ilona, if I do I'll be the king of Christmas.
Mar 19, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: crafty, nonfiction
just 'cos it's for nerds doesn't mean it's awesome.
Feb 22, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Take a look at what's out, everyone! Toni Carr's Knits for Nerds was published today, and never, in my life, have I regretted being a crappy knitter before.

Until today.

The first thing I noticed was from the introduction--all the pictures were taken at NEIL GAIMAN'S HOUSE.

I can has?

There are only five patterns labeled "Easy" out of the 30+ patterns in the book, three of which are scarves--but really cool scarves. One is an easier version of the classic Dr. Who scarf:--basically this, but skinnier
Feb 10, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, craft
What a fun book! There's so much nerd/knitter overlap, it just surprises me that it took this long for this book to be written!

Knits for Nerds has a wide variety of patterns -- ranging from the ridiculous (Hobbit Feet slippers, complete with hair) to the lovely (the Summer Queen shawl, a pretty, delicate lace number). Some of the patterns are rather costumey (the Princess Leia hair-bun hat comes to mind) but many are quite wearable even for people who aren't into wearing their nerdiness on their
Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)
I just reviewed this on my blog.
To view the full review and other reviews, click here Knits for Nerds by Toni Karr

This is my first time reviewing a non-fiction book, I've read them before, but I've never reviewed them before. I'm not going to be reviewing non-fiction books much, but I might once in a while. This review is going to be different than my other reviews.

This book has many different patterns, from lovely patterns to some ridiculous/silly ones; and from costumes to everyday wear. Ther
Nov 03, 2011 thuy rated it liked it
How could I resist a book called Knits For Nerds? I couldn’t really. As a knitter and a lover of many things considered “nerdy,” I was excited to pick this one up. Knits for Nerds is by Joan of Dark (aka Tori Carr) whose last book, Knockdown Knits, was inspired by roller derby. This time she tackles the nerd community with patterns inspired by things considered geeky, including television shows, books, comics and video games.

The book consists of 30 patterns divided into the categories of Fantas
Sara Thompson
Feb 03, 2012 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have to admit – I can’t knit. I want to but it’s just not a skill I possess. That doesn’t stop me from looking at knitting books and dreaming. Most books are just variations of the same patterns. This one, however, caught my eye with the possibility of something so outrages that I would just have to learn to knit.
I was slightly disappointed in the patterns because they really did come off fairly normal but this book is so fun I didn’t care. It’s the perfect book. Toni Carr is witty and thoroug
Julie Barrett
Mar 29, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Knits for Nerds 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy by Joan of Dark a.k.a Toni Carr
ISBN: 9781449407919
Even though there are categories: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy, if you change the colors to something mild the patterns can be adapted for everyday use.
There are some very easy patterns to knit, some are charted.
Cute: baby elf hat with horns is adorable and could be used on a daily basis.
Hand coverings in different varying lengths and patterns make it so the easy to advan
Aug 15, 2014 Krista rated it liked it
I really thought these projects would be unwearable, but entertaining. These projects are so cute! I would gladly wear them outside of Comic Con. My big disappointment is that all projects are knit (oftentimes I find a few token crochet projects thrown in for good measure) and well out of my skill set.
Apr 28, 2012 Cory rated it liked it
Recommends it for: new crafters
Shelves: craft-books
This is a good idea, but I feel that it suffers somewhat from the limitations of the designs, which are quite simple designs "inspired by" nerdy texts and then highly styled to make them look nerdier. I was particularly disappointed with the Star Trek dress; it looks boxy and sloppy. The addition of cutesy quizzes in the book felt patronising, and a poor imitation of other, stronger craft books such as the Anticraft book. When there are so many amazing "nerdy" projects out there on places like R ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Just the cover of this upcoming knitting book had me clamoring to pick it up. What better then to mix star wars and knitting. Luckily Knits for Nerds goes way beyond just Star Wars. The book is divided into sections such as Fantasy, Comics and Magna, and Science Fiction. Here you will find projects like Hobbit Feet Slippers (fake hair included), dragon rider gloves, and my personal favorite the Star Trek: the Next Generation sweater. Patterns Range from easy to hard, and even if you don’t know h ...more
Jennifer James
I crochet, not knit, but this book makes me want to want to learn just so I can make the princess Leia hair cap, the Hermione purse, and the star trek next gen uniform sweater.
Kimberly Hughes
Mar 28, 2014 Kimberly Hughes rated it it was ok
The patterns chosen are only vaguely related to the sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book genres. They are basic knits patterns that really could be found in any other book.
Mar 06, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, knitting

Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy, by Joan O Dark, aka Tomi Carr; Andrew McNeel Publishing.
What knitter doesn’t get tired of the same old patterns? Carr offers a fun mix of knitwear taken straight from the pages of comics, sci-fi and fantasy literature. Doesn’t everyone know someone who needs a pair of Hobbit Slippers? Knits for Nerds includes a variety of costumes, game boards, and toys. Carr’s well detailed index is complete with photos of knitting techniques
Aug 31, 2015 Sage rated it really liked it
Summer Queen Shawl
Secret Beaded Bag
Cunning Scarf
Cunning Socks
Aim to Misbehave Brown Jacket
Book Wizard

Lisa Putman
Mar 06, 2015 Lisa Putman rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
Nerdy fun. Have made one item, the Top Hat. Nothing else of interest for me, but it's a good reference to keep around
Feb 28, 2012 Vim rated it really liked it
Shelves: art

I really enjoyed reading this book. Unfortunately I don't know how to knit. So when I meet one who does soon, I'll suggest the designs in this book. :)

This book has a variety of nerdy designs that not only can be worn by nerds and fans but also by anyone because a lot of the designs can blend with everyday clothes. Although some designs can only be understood by fans and nerds people can find them interesting to look at and use.

Anyways, there are only 30 designs in this book
The title says it all: this book has patterns for all the nerdy knits you would ever want to create. Princess Leia cinnamon roll hair hat? It's in there! Lt. Uhura skimpy knit dress? In there too! Gryffindor book bag? You betcha! With nods to popular scifi series such as Firefly, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Big Bang Theory and more, this book has nerdy knits covered. Beautiful full-color photographs of all projects and wonderfully detailed descriptions will have you well on ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Where else can you find a pattern for Princess Leia hair.
Dec 26, 2011 Ravwrin rated it really liked it
I will admit that I am a coward with trying to know new items. I feel like I'm only just a beginner that's stuck at the beginner level. But looking at these knits I feel as if I need to try these!

This book has a little for everyone and honestly, I really enjoy that. It has wonderful color photos showing examples of the works completely. There are little snippets of the inspirations behind the works as well. There are size varients and suggestions for working the projects which is quite helpful.
Amy Denim
Jul 10, 2012 Amy Denim rated it liked it
Loved the idea, but there were only a few projects I actually got excited about, namely the Princess Leia hair hat on the cover, the laptop case and the manga legwarmers. Most are just inspired by awesome nerdy tv shows and movies, like Firefly, but the in the execution, I wasn't feeling it. The Pure Genius sweater? Just a brown sweater. Still some of the projects were fun and inventive like the Firefly scarf and sock (instead of the typical hat.)
Jun 19, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
I am a big nerdy crafter, and when I saw Knits for Nerds, I couldn't resist taking a look. There are so many different projects, ranging from beginner to novice. The patterns were simple and easy to follow. What I really appreciated was the many colored photographs for each project. Not only was it easy to see what the end product was supposed to look like, but it was fun to see DIY knitted costumes.

Great for nerdy knitters everywhere.
Mar 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of 30 fun knitting projects. I think I am going to attempt the Hobbitt feet for my father-in-law this Christmas since he loves those movies. I bought this book based on a friend's recommendation, and little did I know he was the photographer for the book! He got to go to Neil Gaiman's house!!! Pretty amazing! A great read for my knitting friends out there who happen to be nerds like me.
Apr 01, 2012 J.M. rated it really liked it
Knits for Nerds has some great patterns for every type of nerd there is! Everything from fantasy to science fiction to manga- you are all covered in this book. I can't wait to start wearing my very own Hobbit feet, or get beamed up in my own Star Trek Original Series dress.

There are several patterns for every skill level- beginning, intermediate, and advanced. This is a book that every knitting nerd should own.
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